Privacy and Online Safety
Protecting your information.
When you visit our web site/s to read pages or download information, we automatically collect and store some of, or all of the following non-identifying information: The Internet protocol address from which you access our web site. An IP address is a unique number that is automatically assigned to the computer you are using whenever you are surfing the web The type of browser, such as Netscape or Internet Explorer, and operating system, such as Windows or Linux, used to access our site. The date and time site/s pages accessed, for the purpose of monitoring demand.
The pages visited, for the purpose of improving the usefulness of our web site by providing helpful links and removing pages that are not visited. This information does not identify you personally We maintain the above information in typical system logs. We only utilize this information to make our site/s more useful to visitors by learning the number of visitors to our site, the number of pages served, and the level of demand for specific pages. We do not track or record information about identifiable individuals and their visits.
Federal law protects your information, and we have developed policies and statistical safeguards to help us follow the law and further ensure the confidentiality of your information. 1 Your Information Is CONFIDENTIAL We never identify you individually. 1. Federal Law Title 13 of the U.S. Code protects the confidentiality of all your information. Violating this law is a crime with severe penalties. 2. Privacy Principles Our Privacy Principles are guidelines that cover all of our activities. These principles encompass both our responsibilities to protect your information and your rights as a respondent. They apply to the information we collect and the statistics we publish. 3. Statistical Safeguards Statistical methods ensure that the statistics we release do not identify individuals or businesses. These methods include extensive review and analysis of all our data products, as well as disclosure avoidance methodologies such as data suppression and modification. We recognize the value of your trust, and we believe that when you answer our surveys we must serve as caretakers of your information. If you would like to learn more about how we fulfill this responsibility, just ask.
Confidentiality: How do we protect your information?
In addition to removing personally identifiable information, such as names, telephone numbers, and addresses, from our data files, we use various approaches to protect your personal information; including computer technologies, statistical methodologies, and security procedures.
Our security measures ensure that only a restricted number of authorized people have access to private information and that access is only granted to conduct our work and for no other purposes.
Violating the confidentiality of a consumer could cause serious penalties to assessed against website operators, so we take these statements seriously.
We promise that every person with access to your information is trained to protect your confidentiality. We promise that we will use every technology, statistical methodology, and physical security procedure at our disposal to protect your information.
Cookies We generally do not use “cookies,” which are files or file entries placed on your computer’s hard drive by a web site, that allow monitoring of your use of the site. Some activities, such as purchasing a product do require the use of transient cookies. Our web site/s do not use “persistent cookies” or other “persistent tracking technology.” Transient Cookies Transient cookies are used to keep track of user selections so that new requests can be created more efficiently. No personally-identifiable information is permanently retained on either the user’s or our computers. These transient cookies go away completely when you exit the browser. When ordering products, transient cookies are enabled to track your order through the process.
A federal law that took effect July 1, 2001 known as the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) imposed new restrictions on the sharing of non-public personal information by financial institutions such as banks and insurers. It also requires companies to share their privacy policies with customers and to give customers the opportunity to tell the company not to share their information with non-affiliated third parties. In addition, in 2003 Congress passed new legislation known as the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACT Act), extending provisions of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) regulating the sharing of consumer report information with affiliated entities. The FACT Act contains language preempting state laws that restrict information sharing with affiliates.